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  • Objectives
    This three year program provides students with a sound basic knowledge of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics, and emphasizes the principles and performance of standard laboratory practices, procedures, and techniques for biological, chemical and physical analyses.
  • Practical experience
    This three year program has four co-op work terms.
  • Academic Title
    Science Laboratory Technology Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Course description
    Level 1    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • BIOL-1016    Cytology     4.00
    • CHEM-1003    General Chemistry 1     4.50
    • WRIT-1039    Reason & Writing 1-Technology     3.00
    • MATH-1172    Math 1     5.00
    • ENVR-1014    Environmental & Science Issues     3.00

    Level 2    Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • BIOL-3001    Microbiology 1 - Bacteriology     5.00
    • CHEM-1012    General Chemistry 2     3.50
    • MATH-3062    Mathematics 2     5.00
    • PHYS-1001    Physics     4.50

    Level 3    Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • BIOL-3010    Anatomy & Physiology     3.50
    • CHEM-3003    Analytical Chemistry     4.00
    • MATH-3030    Statistics     3.00
    • PHYS-1032    Physics     3.50

    Level 4    Credits

    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • BIOL-3003    Microbiology 2     4.00
    • CHEM-3002    Organic Chemistry 1     5.00
    • CHEM-3004    Instrumental Methods of Analysis 1     6.00
    • MATH-1173    Calculus 1     5.00
    • PHYS-3003    Thermodynamics & Optics     4.00

    Level 5    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • BIOL-5001    Biochemistry     5.00
    • CHEM-5001    Organic Chemistry 2     4.25
    • CHEM-5003    Quantitative Food Chemistry     4.00
    • MATH-5017    Calculus 2     5.00
    • BIOL-5003    Molecular Biology     3.00
    • PSYC-5011    Industrial Relations     3.00

    Level 6    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • BIOL-5002    Topics in Biotechnology     3.00
    • PHYS-5001    Modern Physics     4.00
    • CHEM-5004    Industrial Chemistry     3.00
    • CHEM-5005    Instrumental Methods of Analysis 2     5.50
    • COMM-3049    Communications for Technology     3.00
    • ENVR-5005    Industrial Hygiene     3.00

    Gen Ed - Electives
    Take 6 General Education Credits -
    Normally taken in Levels 2 and 3

    BIOL-1016 -  Cytology
    This is an introductory course in biology where the study is limited to basic biological process occurring at the cellular level. The topics discussed will include cell structures and their function, structure and formation of macaromolecules; energy procurement, release and utilization; DNA structure and protein synthesis; Mendal's Laws and inherited characteristics; and Genetic diseases and their causes.

    BIOL-3001 -  Microbiology 1 - Bacteriology
    This is an introductory course in microbiology which places emphasis on bacteriology and will provide the student with a general working knowledge in the following areas: structure, classification, cultivation (nutrition, media preparation, isolation, transfer techniques) enumeration, metabolism, control of bacteria, and food and industrial microbiology.

    BIOL-3003 -  Microbiology 2

    The course introduces the student to an understanding of structural characteristics and taxonomic relationship of major classes of fungi. Emphasis is given to the harmful and beneficial effects of some of the widely distributed species primary and secondary metabolities of fungi, sexual and parasexual recombination, detection of mycotoxins in food, fungi and single cell protein (SCP); and mycoses.

    BIOL-3010 -  Anatomy & Physiology
    The content in this course will provide the student with a basic understanding of the anatomical and physiological features in animals, plant growth and development.

    BIOL-5001 -  Biochemistry
    This is an introductory biochemistry course placing emphasis on the study of biochemical structure and formation of carbohydrates, amino acids, protein, nucleic acids, enzymes and metabolism of macromolecules. The laboratory techniques include thin layer chromatography, some protein purification, separation of proteins and nucleic acids (DNA) by electorpohoresis.

    BIOL-5002 -  Topics in Biotechnology
    This course discusses the basic principles of recombiant DNA technology and its relevance to many of the areas of biotechnology including industrial processes, transgenic animals, genetically modified crops, gene and drug therapy and stem cell applications. The bioethical implications on legal, social and ethical mores will be addressed.

    BIOL-5003 -  Molecular Biology
    Advanced studies of molecular biology.

    CHEM-1003 -  General Chemistry 1

    This course covers the basic concepts of matter, quantitative interpretation of chemical reactions, behaviour of gases, composition of atoms and their electron configurations and chemical bonding. Laboratories provide opportunities to develop laboratory techniques while working on experiments related to theory discussed in lectures.

    CHEM-1012 -  General Chemistry 2
    This course introduces students to chemical equilibrium, properties of solutions and acid-base systems, equilibrium in saturated solutions, and oxidation-reduction reactions and associated electrical energy. The laboratory experiments are related to material discussed.

    CHEM-3002 -  Organic Chemistry 1
    This is a lecture/laboratory course. The lectures will provide students with a basic knowledge of the properties and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes and aromatic compounds. The Laboratory experiments will emphasize proper techniques in extraction, isolation, purification, identification and synthesis of simple organic compounds.

    CHEM-3003 -  Analytical Chemistry
    The chemical theory and experimentation introduced in general chemistry courses is developed further with emphasis on laboratory skills and analysis techniques. CHEM3003 demonstrates the importance of stoichiometric calculations for solution preparation, standardization, acid-base reactions, and oxidation- reduction reactions to the analysis of materials applicable to the science and environmental laboratory field.

    CHEM-3004 -  Instrumental Methods of Analysis 1
    This course provides students with a knowledge of concepts and techniques employed in spectrophotometric and separation analysis in biological, chemical, environmental, forensic, medical and quality control areas. Practical experience is gained in the operation of infrared, ultraviolet/visible and atomic absorption spectrophotometers, gas and liquid chromatographs.

    CHEM-5001 -  Organic Chemistry 2
    This is a Lecture/Laboratory course. It provides students with information on more Functional group studies which include nomenclature, reaction and properties of alcohols, phenols, ethers, halides, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, and nitrogen bases. Stereochemistry topics will be introduced. Laboratory experiments will emphasize the lecture topics.

    CHEM-5003 -  Quantitative Food Chemistry
    This course deals with sampling, sample preparation, analysis, calculations, treatment of experimental data, errors, reporting of results, chemistry of chemical procedures for determination of proteins, moisture, minerals, vitamins, and the extraction and analysis of fats and oils.

    CHEM-5004 -  Industrial Chemistry

    A course introducing terminology, processes, economics, calculations associated with industrial scale chemical production (both inorganic and organic) is given to prepare the graduate for an industrial environment.

    CHEM-5005 -  Instrumental Methods of Analysis 2
    This is a lecture/laboratory course. It provides students with a knowledge of concepts and techniques employed in spectrophotometric and chromatographic separation analyses. Practical experience is gained in the operation of several spectro-photometers (infrared, ultra-violet/visible, atomic absorption), gas chromatrograph, high performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC), and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS).

    COMM-3049 -  Communications for Technology

    This course will develop students' skills inpreparing and writing short and medium-sizedproject-based reports. Students will also developtheir presentation skills.

    ENVR-1014 -  Environmental & Science Issues

    This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the parameters and problems surrounding major environmental issues. This understanding will enable the student to evaluate different courses of action that can be undertaken to deal with these issues. This course will also provide students with a framework of knowledge into which environmental considerations can be integrated into decision-making practices.

    ENVR-5005 -  Industrial Hygiene

    This course is an introduction to the field of industrial hygiene for students who will be responsible for identifying hazards in their work environment.

    MATH-1172 -  Math 1

    As the first mathematics course for technology students, the content covered includes a review of principles used for manipulating numeric expressions, fractions and percentages, treatment of measured data, followed by fundamental algebra, radicals, logarithmic and exponential functions.

    MATH-1173 -  Calculus 1
    This course is the first of two calculus coursesfor Technology students. The content coveredincludes introduction to limits, differentiationand integration of polynomial functions .Applications of differentiation include graphing,optimization problems, related rate problems andNewton's method in root finding. Applications ofintegration include problems involving area,volume, motion and work. Use of spreadsheetapplications will continue in the solution ofnon-linear equations , differences used toestimate derivatives, approximation of definiteintegrals by summation techniques (including theTrapezoid Rule and Simpson's 1/3 Rule).

    MATH-3030 -  Statistics

    The course is a fundamental statistics course for technologists and introduces: descriptive statistics; probability and probability distributions; sampling distributions and hypothesis testing; regression, correlation and quality control charts.

    MATH-3062 -  Mathematics 2

    This course is the second of two pre-calculus mathematics courses whose content includes an introduction to trigonometry, treatment of algebraic fractions and functions and graphs. This course introduces the student to the use of a spreadsheet in numerical problem solving.

    MATH-5017 -  Calculus 2
    This course is the second of two calculus coursesfor Technology students. The content includesdifferentiation of transcendental functions ,methods of integration and analytical solution offirst-order ordinary differential equations. Thiscourse will continue to use spreadsheet techniquesto demonstrate numerical methods applied to thetopics in calculus, including numerical solutionof first-order ODEs as well as regressionanalysis.

    PHYS-1001 -  Physics
    This foundation course covers kinematics and dynamics of straight line motion, force, work, energy, power, momentum, rotational motion, and properties of fluids.

    PHYS-1032 -  Physics
    This foundation course covers waves and sound, electric and magnetic fields, and DC/AC circuits.

    PHYS-3003 -  Thermodynamics & Optics
    This course covers the basic concepts of thermodynamics and optics, and applications to instrumentation the student will encounter in the future.

    PHYS-5001 -  Modern Physics
    This course introduces the student to fundamental concepts in atomic, nuclear, and radiation physics and to the application of these concepts to laboratory work.

    PSYC-5011 -  Industrial Relations
    This course will enable the student to develop a practical understanding of the Canadian industrial relations system and the principles of behaviour in the industrial working environment.

    WRIT-1039 -  Reason & Writing 1-Technology
    This course will introduce technology students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking. This course will also introduce students to selected issues and terms in technology.

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